Tagged With helmets

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The Schuberth C3 Pro is the best motorcycle helmet you can buy. Sure, there are caveats. I haven't worn that many helmets. There's really no such thing as a "best" helmet, considering individual needs and applications — an open-faced off-road helmet isn't going to be great on the track.

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Bikes have a long history as beautiful specimens for human transport — fun to ride and damn good looking, too. Helmets, however? They'll protect your skull from being smashed on the pavement, but are pretty widely reviled from a fashion standpoint. People often don't wear 'em because, well... they just don't look cool. So, question: would you be more inclined to be street safe if your helmet was a one-off work of art?

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Over-exposure to the sun is of course bad for your skin, but that's not the only thing adversely affected by its rays. Man-made materials like plastic will slowly degrade when left out in the sun, so 3M has developed a new line of hard hats featuring a colour-changing UV sensor that tells the wearer their head protection might not actually be so safe.

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I'm biased, but believe that — if you can swing it — biking is absolutely the best way to navigate the streets. That being said, conscientious riders are pretty much always going to be stuck toting two things around at their destination: lights and a helmet. The former will likely get swiped if accidentally left on; the latter is just plain clumsy, and not ideal to leave outdoors when the weather's nasty.

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In conventional combat aircraft, the target generally needs to be in both the pilot's field of vision and within the sights of the plane itself. That is, the plane needed to be pointed in the general direction of whatever you're shooting at. But in the case of the new Eurofighter Typhoon, pilots can squeeze off a few Sidewinders at bogies incoming from any direction thanks to a super helmet that links their eyes to the plane's electronic brain.

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As bike rental programs get more and more popular in big, tourist-friendly cities around the world, wouldn't it be great if occasional cyclists could get a temporary helmet on the cheap? That's the goal of the designers behind the Paper Pulp Project, who have designed a bike helmet made from recycled newspaper that costs less than $1.50 to produce but is claimed to protect as well as a more expensive option.

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Now that New York has finally joined the rest of the world with a city-wide bike rental program, users are finding great ways to further improve the service. Including Adafruit's Becky Stern, who retrofitted a run-of-the-mill bike helmet with a wicked LED light show and a handy indicator that lets riders find the nearest Citi Bike station — ensuring they always get their ride back on time.

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In a new study published today in the Journal of Neurosurgery, a group of scientists proved, seemingly, that modern football helmets are better than old leather ones. Thanks, guys. What is more notable, however, is that this batshit crazy device is how the data was gathered.

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Motorcycle riders don't get a lot of respect from other drivers on the road, but who's going to dare cut you off when you're cruising around looking like an intergalactic game hunter in this awesome Predator helmet. It's built on an actual motorcycle helmet, so it's properly safety rated with an enhanced, sculpted outer shell, a dreadlocks mullet, and even a tri-laser scope.

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GoPro all but owns the extreme action camera market, but as simple as its compact hardware is to use, you still need to find a way to safely mount it to your ride or helmet. And that's where the creators of the Video Head, a helmet with a built-in camera, think they have a better approach.

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Helmets can't stop brain injuries. It's not a failure of equipment or technology or attention paid, it's a simple biological fact. Our old friend Mark Wilson has a wonderful breakdown of the technologies we have, and how they are simply not and can never be enough.

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Helmets have a relatively simple but important job as far as gear goes: 1) don't fall off and 2) prevent major brain damage. Given its limited roster of tasks, it would be easy to assume that helmet innovation has probably hit a standstill by now. WRONG. Enter the Giro Combyn: a soft-shell helmet that utilises an impact-absorbing liner that Giro promises can take all sorts of hits over and over and over again.

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This video by Keith Melton is monumental: every space helmet in every movie ever, put together for our collective space nerdgasm. It's a pleasure to watch them all, even more so because of the amazing soundtrack: a perfect David Bowie's Space Oddity and The Beatles' Eleanor Rigby mashup.

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Motorcycle crash helmets have essentially been the same old thing since they were invented 60+ years ago — an energy absorbing chunk of styrofoam glued into a hard outer shell. Sure, some have better graphics or neato vents or whatever, but that's the basic technology. Now, a tiny company in California is bringing actual technical innovation to that formula, all in the name of reducing concussions that result from low-speed impacts.